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Today Lamaze.org brings up a question that almost every new parent is faced with today, "Are you going to find out if it's a boy or a girl?"

Gender reveals are all the craze on social media and everyone wants to find a new way to do it. Did you find out early or was your big reveal in the birth room?

Go check out the buzz at Giving Birth with Confidence.

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Gender reveal?

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When I’m speaking with a brand new expectant mother, I often ask her what her three top wishes for her birth might be. Interestingly, instead of telling me what she wants, she often tells me what she wants to avoid. This too is important information and we do “put a ribbon in it” to discuss in a later part of the conversation.If you want to avoid a cesarean, what are some things you should know? How do you bring it up to your care provider? Past Lamaze President, Robin Elise Weiss, PhD here lists some of the very important questions you want to add to your list for your very next appointment.

And here’s some great choices that every every pregnant woman has. The very first choice, that of a care provider who practices obstetrics in a way that helps avoid a primary cesarean birth.

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If you gave birth surgically, please share with us how these five decisions may have led to your birth outcome. We’re all ears!

The MotherMe Doulas Team

One of the TOP ways you can ensure that you have the BEST possible outcome for your birth is to make CERTAIN that the provider and place of birth are congruent with your ideal experience.
Lamaze info graphic (below) shows the best means of acquiring this. If you’ve waited (or think you’ve waited too long) you may just need a boost.

Check out Abigail and Ryan’s story here:

Changing providers in your third trimester? They did!

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Abigail and Ryan wanted a completely natural childbirth experience. Hear first hand what they learned and how it affected their choices.

Class Recommendation

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Curious about Hypnobirthing? This is for you!

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Why spiced-up breast milk is good for your baby’s food acceptance

PERRI KLASS

The New York Times News Service
When I had my children, I felt that there was a tendency by experts, including those in my own pediatric profession, to push certain principles that took all the fun out of life. This played out for me, in particular, after I gave birth to my first child, and was told as part of my breast-feeding “support” that I should avoid all spicy foods, because they would upset the baby. Like any good Cambridge, Mass., mother, I turned this into an argument about multiculturalism (“What about the mothers in Sichuan?”), but what I really thought was that it harked back to some old ideas about spices heating up the blood, and generally making life too interesting for the nursing mother.
Why are women told to avoid strong flavours when breast-feeding?
Twenty-five years ago, researchers asked a group of nursing mothers to load up on garlic. In the study, Maternal Diet Alters the Sensory Qualities of Human Milk and the Nursling’s Behavior, which ran in 1991 in the journal Pediatrics, nursing mothers who ate garlic produced breast milk with a stronger smell, as evaluated by researchers who didn’t know which sample was which. What was most interesting was how the milk tasted to the babies, those poetically named “nurslings.” When the garlic effect was there, the babies stayed longer on the breast and nursed more vigorously.

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Wise Woman Way of Birth

Gloria Lemay on natural birth, breastfeeding, and other womanly matters

Carrying a baby to 42 weeks and beyond has become such a big deal in our culture. In a healthy pregnancy, carrying the baby longer is a good sign and results in a baby that sucks well and is ready for extra uterine life. This is the information that I give to mothers who are being harassed by family and/or friends to “do something”. Gloria


http://wisewomanwayofbirth.com/42-weeks-and-counting-loving-overdue-babies/

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